Neck Pain FAQs
Neck pain can prevent you from enjoying the little things in life. It can also make certain activities downright impossible. If you live in or around Florissant, MO, and experience frequent neck pains, contact our team today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Stark and our team at Back & Neck Care Center of North County have gathered a few questions that we run into from our patients regarding neck pain.
What is “text neck”?
The most common cause of neck pain might not be what you think it is. Car accidents still occur but today’s digital age has brought a new condition that is growing in popularity. “Text neck” is a term for neck pain that is caused by the head hanging forward. This position strains the neck muscles and impacts the spine. This form of neck pain got its name as it is commonly seen in people constantly looking down at their phones or tablets. However, it can affect anyone with their head in such a position for long periods of time.
How does chiropractic care help neck pain?
Neck pain is often caused by the spine getting out of alignment or unequal weight distribution, which causes other parts of the body to overcompensate. Chiropractic adjustments keep the spine aligned properly. This neck pain treatment relieves tension in the overcompensating muscles and reduces pressure on your nerves.
How can I prevent neck pain?
Exercise is always a good way to build up certain muscle groups. The stronger the muscles, the less strain they will experience. Furthermore, taking breaks when you are working or on the phone can also help. Don’t forget to stretch regularly. Every time you stretch, you are releasing the tension in your muscles. Having frequent massages can also help relieve and prevent tension build-up. Regular chiropractic care also goes a long way.
How do I get rid of neck pain?
Your main goal is likely to avoid neck pain at all costs, but what do you do once it is already there? How do you find neck pain relief? In some cases, stretching is the solution, especially if there are no other underlying issues. Heat therapy can also help loosen your muscles. Sometimes, though, stretching and heat aren’t enough. Dr. Stark can perform a thorough examination and create a treatment plan designed to provide pain relief and support the healing process. We can also provide a few lifestyle changes that should help keep your neck pain from returning.